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Chemicals Kill & Pollute
If you don't follow wildlife issues, then
it's important to know that anything you put out to kill a pest moves
through the food chain. For instance, if you chose chemicals to kill
moles and gophers, then predatory birds and animals will eat the
poisoned animals and, if they don't die themselves, their offspring
surely will. That's how eagles and other predatory birds almost became
extinct a few years ago.
Pesticides on your plants also kill the
pest's predators as well. Last year the eucalyptus trees in the
Sacramento area developed a pest that a certain type of bee normally
eats. In town where so many chemicals have been used to kill the bees
(considered bothersome) they had to go to the University of Davis to buy
the right kind of bees to bring back to their property to eat the pests
on the eucalyptus or risk losing the trees.
The pests came here also... but so did
the bees. As usual when humans stay out of the process nature will
balance itself. It didn't take long for the bees to eat the pests and
move on. Our trees are healthy and thriving.
There are many downsides to using
chemicals... the most is the damage it can do to the environment. And
guess what, that means the damage they will do to you and your family as
well. Living in the country, especially when you're drinking well water,
you're more a part of the environment then when you were in a city
drinking water that's gone through a treatment plant and has had
bacteria killing chemicals dumped in it.
Here, what you do to the environment is
what you end up eating and drinking. Hum... maybe you'll think twice
about it now. At least we hope so.
Chemicals used on your lawn or pesticides
used anywhere will eventually find their way into streams, ground water,
well water, and to your dinner table. Any chemical we recommend in this
has already been checked for any after-effects and we're comfortable in
If we haven't recommended them, then please, ask a lot
of questions. Contact the California Department of Fish and Game if you
have concerns about something that's been recommended.
So, please think twice about how you
garden and rid your property of pests. There are plenty of natural
remedies to almost any problem you'll encounter. If there's something
you don't find here, drop us a note. If we don't know how to solve a
problem off hand, we'll check with other resources and let you know.
Find alternatives to
INSECTS that kill garden pests
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